Learn to Read: Vowel Stories

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Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Easy stories launch learning but have limited reach.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about the different sounds vowels can make. Through simple stories and repetition, kids will hear the long and short version of every vowel in a variety of words.

Ease of Play

Navigating through the app is easy and straightforward.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Learn to Read: Vowel Stories has short stories that emphasize the short and long sounds of vowels. Words that emphasize the target vowel sound use a CVC, or consonant-vowel-consonant, pattern. For example, the short "a" sound has a story about Pam who likes ham and Sam who likes jam going out to meet Cal, the sad cat, and Nat, the fat rat. Stories also feature a handful of sight words. There are 10 stories in all. Stories are presented in short videos for kids who aren't reading yet and storybooks for kids who can read on their own. The developer's website offers printable worksheets that offer kids more help in learning the target vowel sounds. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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Teen, 16 years old Written byRosenna December 6, 2018

Basically porn

I mean just look at the cover.. subliminal messaging folks.

What's it about?

Choose to go long or short in LEARN TO READ: VOWEL STORIES. Both categories have choices for each of the five vowels, and each choice has one story that features words with the target vowel sound. Kids can watch a video with animation and a narrator reading the story, read the story themselves, or explore a list of the featured words. Tap any text to hear it read out loud.

Is it any good?

Stories chock-full of vowel sounds give kids helpful exposure to target vowels but don't offer much else. The stories in Learn to Read: Vowel Stories are nothing special in terms of kids' literature, but they do offer easy-to-read short sentences that are structured around words carefully chosen to highlight the target vowel sound like hug, rug, bug, tub or dime, time, nine, fine. Prereaders and beginning or struggling readers alike can easily engage with the stories through the video, the read-to-me, or the read-on-my-own storybook option. Once kids have read the stories or watched the videos, though, there's nothing else to do. Parents should supplement with offscreen activities and scaffolding to help enhance the learning potential.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the sounds presented in Learn to Read: Vowel Stories. Read the stories together and highlight the words with the target vowel sound. Help prereaders hear the sound or help more advanced readers see the different ways the sounds can be written in words.

  • Highlight how the vowel sounds help make words rhyme. Recite nursery rhymes and sing classic kids' songs, pointing out the vowel sounds in the lyrics and rhyming words. Pick out the words in the app's stories that rhyme and use them to make rhyming sentences.

  • Check out the worksheets the app's developer offers on its website to offer kids more interactive experience working with vowel sound words.

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